HHS hammers Lyons in sweep after splitting two vs. Sterling

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The Hillsboro softball team broke a string of three close games for the week with an 11-3 pounding of Lyons on Friday, sweeping both ends of the doubleheader at Lyons.

The Trojans won the opener 3-0 behind a one-hitter by pitcher Jenesa Klose.

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Game 2 was tied at 2-2 through two innings when the Trojans erupted for three runs in the third. Amanda Bina, Suzy Lindsay, Dianne Sanders and Jenesa Klose each chipped in singles and the Lions added two errors to the mix to fuel the rally.

Lyons scored its third and final run in its next at-bat, but the Trojans pulled away with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Bina went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Lindsay and Tara Hein?richs each contributed two hits to Hillsboro?s 13-hit attack against three Lyons pitchers.

?We had some better hitting in this game,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?We hit some of their change-ups for singles. I liked our patience at bat.?

Jenesa Klose, meanwhile, allowed five hits but walked no one while striking out three Lions. Only one of the home team?s three runs were earned.

Klose was coming off an outstanding performance in Game 1. The senior gave up a double in the fifth for Lyons? only hit. She struck out only two batters, but walked none and let her teammates take care of the rest with errorless defense.

?We played great defense today,? Sinclair said.

The Trojans managed only six hits, the biggest being an over-the-fence home run by Bina to lead off the sixth inning?her third out-of-the-park blast of the season.

Sterling?Jessica Klose?s run-scoring base hit with two outs in the seventh-inning capped a two-run rally and gave Hillsboro a 4-3 come-from-behind win Tuesday over Sterling at the Sports Com?plex.

The heart-stopper gave the Trojans a split of their doubleheader after sloppy fielding enabled the visiting Black Bears to claim a 7-6 win in Game 1.

Hillsboro led Game 2 by a 2-0 score when Taylor Nikkel and Jenesa Klose tied the game with run-scoring singles in the second inning.

With Jenesa Klose rolling along on a two-hit shutout through four innings, the Black Bears nipped the Trojan senior for single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to take a 3-2 lead. Trojan errors contributed to each of the runs as Sterling managed only one hit in each inning.

But that set up Hillsboro?s heroics in the bottom of seventh. Tara Heinrichs reached on an error to start it off, but was forced at second by Amanda Bina?s ground ball.

Steph Abbott followed with a double that drove in Bina, but Abbott was thrown out at home on a bunt by Bri Loewen, who then stole second and scored on Jessica Klose?s single for the victory, raising the Trojans? season record to 8-4.

Klose scattered four hits to pick up her eighth victory, striking out three and walking no one. None of the three runs she allowed were earned.

?Jenesa really helped us out by giving up only four hits,? coach Stephanie Sinclair said. ?We played a lot better defensively.?

Abbott?s seventh-inning double was one of two hits she picked up in three official at-bats. Nikkel also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

In Game 1, Hillsboro almost atoned for its fielding sins with a late rally, but fell a run short.

The Trojans had jumped to a 4-0 lead with a four-run burst in the bottom of the third inning. Jessica Klose walked with the bases loaded to force in one run, Dianne Sanders drove in two runs with a single and Meg Jost followed with one-run single.

The Trojans gave Sterling its first run in the fifth on a fielding error after a double by Ashli Bell. The miscue proved to be an omen of things to come. Three errors contributed to three Black Bear runs in the sixth inning and another error in the seventh helped Sterling build a 7-4 lead as Hillsboro came up for its last at-bat.

Bina started Hillsboro with a triple, then Jessica Klose drove her home with a double to cut the lead to two. After Taylor Nikkel struck out, Sanders singled to score Klose and put the tying run at third. But Jost popped to the catcher for the second out and Jenesa Klose flied out to end the rally.

Sterling peppered Jenesa Klose for nine hits, but with six field errors by Hillsboro, only two of Sterling?s seven runs were earned.

Jost went 3-for-3 with an RBI while Sanders was 2-for-3 with two RBI to pace Hills?boro?s nine-hit attack.

?If we could take away the sixth inning, this would have been a win for us,? Sinclair said.

Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to host a doubleheader against Hesston on Tuesday.

The Trojans? next doubleheader will be Tuesday, May 6, when they travel to Haven for the regular-season finale.

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